Pedestrian Accidents

Atlanta is rated one of the top ten most dangerous cities for pedestrians so these types of accidents are all to common in our constantly growing city.

Anyone that knows and walks around Atlanta understands that this city is infamous for the traffic and speeding cars. It isn’t any wonder that Atlanta is rated one of the top ten most dangerous cities for pedestrians. Three people are involved in pedestrian accidents every day in the metro area alone, and approximately 5,000 people are killed every year in the United States in these types of accidents.

Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents

Recent studies have shown that drivers are more distracted than ever with smart phones and other technology. Excessive speeding, failure to obey traffic signals, and driving while impaired are just some of the other reasons that pedestrian accidents are not only more prevalent but also more severe than ever before in our community.

Georgia Laws About Pedestrian Accidents

O.C.G.A §40-6-93 provides: “Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway, shall give warning by sounding his horn when necessary, and shall exercise proper precautions upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated person.” Therefore, if the driver fails to exercise due care, the driver should be liable for the accident.

Injuries of Pedestrian Accidents

These accidents can result in brain or spinal cord injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and coma. These injuries negatively affect the victim’s quality of life for years. The effect of the injury could be very tragic if you do not get enough compensation for the accident.

If You’re Involved in a Pedestrian Accident

The distracted driver should be held accountable for these accidents and be made to pay for the damages. The last place that responsibility needs to fall is with the victim and their family. Here is what you could do to protect yourself:

  • Call 911 and Stay at the scene of the accident before help arrives
  • Gather information and collect evidence: Now days, a cell phone camera is a useful tool for taking photos of damage to all the vehicles and the car accident scene. Here’s an extra tip: Take pictures of any skid marks. Those pictures can be used to calculate the speed of the negligent party. Stories change, but the facts don’t. If there are any witnesses, get the names and the contact information of the witness.
  • Do not make recorded statement to anyone including drivers and insurance companies without speaking with your lawyer.

 

We understand that you should be focusing on your recovery, not on mounting medical bills and lost wages. We promise to fight for your rights and get you the settlement you deserve. Please do not hesitate to call us if you suffered injury from pedestrian accidents.

 
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